NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Employees of the North Charleston Coliseum, Performing Arts Center and Convention Center are being trained to handle an active shooter situation.
On Wednesday, officers with the North Charleston Police Department held a classroom session at the PAC with those employees and officials from other area entertainment and sports venues.
Police say a facility as large as the coliseum can become a target for an mass shooter.
"Unfortunately this is the new normal, so we want to make sure that we are trained as we can be and that it's across the board," coliseum general manager Frank Lapsley said.
Police are using the 'avoid, deny, defend' method to train the employees.
The instructors say avoid means trying to get away from the shooter, deny means trying to keep the shooter from entering the facility and defend means fighting off the shooter by any means possible.
The police department scheduled a full blown active shooter training exercise inside the coliseum on Wednesday night.